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  • Summary: This intelligent crime drama is centered around Chris (Gordon-Levitt), a once promising high school athlete whose life is turned upside down following a tragic accident. As he tries to maintain a normal life, he takes a job as a janitor at a bank when he ultimately finds himself caught up in a planned heist. (Miramax Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 27 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. If you enjoyed any of Frank's previous work, or thought "Brick" was the bomb, you'll love this.
  2. 83
    The Lookout's thriller elements could stand to be more surprising, but they're ultimately in service of a better understanding of the characters. Usually, it's the other way around.
  3. 80
    The Lookout is funny, tender and littered with elegantly written characters played by actors cast for goodness of fit rather than star wattage.
  4. Exactly the right length. That sounds like faint praise, but isn't it rare? Many movies drag past the points where they should stop; others end abruptly, leaving you to wonder at things unexplained or unconcluded.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    A smart, engrossing thriller in which you care as much about the characters as the crime.
  6. 67
    The way Frank structures and directs this film, it's too predictably "unpredictable."
  7. 50
    Sleekly tooled but eminently forgettable thriller.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. Shsch
    May 1, 2007
    I think a lot of the reviews here miss the point. This is not really an action heist movie although there is both action and a heist. Rather this is a character study of Chris Pratt who has to cope with the limitations of his life after suffering severe brain damage as a result of a car accident which he stupidly causes. I was intrigued by the ways he attempts to regain normalcy such as the ability to sequence events and relate to others in a personal way. I think the gradual manner in which the plot reveals the important things you need to know about Chris's pre-accident life, and especially his family, was very effective in holding the viewer's interest. I also thought Isla Fisher was quite sexy and very effective as bait for Chris's attraction to his "new-found friends." I would highly recommend this film. I think you too will be drawn into the movie and hope that its main character Chris will somehow be able to conquer his limits. Expand
  2. SallyS.
    Mar 29, 2007
    The point is the multi-dimensional characters. the heist grabs us & leaves us wrung out because we care so much for Chris and Lewis. Even the villain & femme fatale are made real, not cardboard plot devices. Make sure you read the many excellent reviews, not just the tepid ones. None are really bad, just some wanting more action thrills who don't have the patience to see what's happening here. Expand
  3. A-FUNK
    Apr 7, 2007
    Levitt is brilliant, the sitution he is put in in this movie just makes him shine!
  4. PatG.
    Mar 30, 2007
    This movie held my attention from the very beginning. It is intriguing, and the characters are interesting. Gordon-Levitt does a believable, understated, and touching job of portraying a damaged character. One reviewer mentioned the interesting cinematography, and I second that. At one point I wondered if the exterior of a building was the main character's apartment. Then the neon cross on a building across the street was reflected in a window. So I know it was indeed their building. Many similar touches add to the thoughtfulness of this film. I do recommend it. Expand
  5. DaveN.
    Aug 21, 2007
    Slow, but effective. The acting, script and cinematography are all superior. Somehow, this movie got almost no "buzz" when it came out, but it's worth seeking out as a rental. Expand
  6. kingsXrulz
    Apr 8, 2007
    The acting is strong; the story is pretty solid, if predictable in spots; the direction is good, especially the pacing.
  7. Ashp
    Nov 5, 2007
    How anyone can give this film a semie decent score is unbelievable. It laughable plot hinges on someone with memory problems, who regualrly locks himself out of his car, being trusted with the keys to the local bank. The resolution is just insulting. Expand

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